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Reflections on RELS 161: Contemporary Problems in Religion and Culture

by Ian Alexander Cuthbertson Note: This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog. Last year I redesigned a first-year religious studies course at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. The course is one of two full-year … Continue reading

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“New Religious Movements” as an Interpretive Category

Typically, when we think of New Religious Movements (NRMs), our gaze is directed to the relatively small number of traditions that cluster at the fringes of the contemporary religious landscape (e.g., the Church of Scientology, International Raelian Religion, Heaven’s Gate, … Continue reading

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This Week in Religion: Matisyahu’s Transformation, the Church of Batman, and Trumpism.

Some six months after the Orthodox-reggae-hip-hop star Matisyahu shaved his beard, he recently “posted [online] a picture of himself not wearing a kippah, and then another one that showed him sitting next to another musician who was smoking a joint.” … Continue reading

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“Catholics Come Home”: Marketing for the Mass-es

If you haven’t seen it yet, “Catholics Come Home,” soon to be airing on multiple TV networks, represents a superb piece of marketing. The Catholic family, we are told, is comprised of human beings the world over and from all … Continue reading

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